The Bowie News
Bowie, Montague Co., Texas
Friday, June 3, 1949
Last Rites for Victim of Drowning at Vashti
SYLVESTA JANELLE TUCK, age 15, honor student of the junior class at Bellevue high school in the term just ended, was drowned Saturday in a cattle tank on the Wadsworth farm where her parents live at Vashti. She and a playmate, JOYCE FARAR, were swimming in the tank when she apparently was stricken with cramps and called for help before sinking. Her playmate thought she was playing and did not go for help until she did not reappear in a few minutes. D. J. O’BRIEN was summoned from the Vashti garage and ran a half mile to the tank. He rescued the body on the first attempt. An ambulance and pulmotor to the scene from the Burgess funeral home in Bowie with FOY CANTRELL and JIM SCARBROUGH using the pulmotor for two hours in an effort to revive her. Dr. W. A. GILMORE of the Bowie Clinic assisted. Miss Tuck was an expert swimmer, having served as a life guard on Sand Beach, near Iowa Park, where her parents formerly lived. Funeral services were held Monday at the Vashti Methodist church and burial was in the Vashti cemetery. Pallbearers were classmates: BOBBY DYER, BOBBY STONE, CHARLES LEE MAYO, JIMMIE LEGGITT, BRYON SPIVEY and BUD WETSEL. Flower girls were classmates: BETTE FULLER, FRANCES FLINN, ANN DAVIS, FLOYCE JACKSON and FAYE STALLCUP. The services were conducted by Rev. MCDONALD of Vashti and Rev. BOOLWARE of Dallas. Survivors include her parents Mr. and Mrs. COMER TUCK and a young brother, COMER Jr.
Ringgold News by Mrs. HUGHES SMITH
Reunion and celebrating the birthday of Mrs. R. D. TOMPKINS Sr. of Nocona was at Finch Park at McKinney, Sunday, May 22. Attending: Mr. and Mrs. JOHN F. TOMPKINS of Ringgold and son KEITH of Muenster; mr. and Mrs. WALTER TOMPKINS, DAVID and NANCY, Mr. and Mrs. ED RACKLEY, BOBBIE and KATHERINE of Nocona, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. TOMPKINS Jr. of Bonita.
Mrs. ANNA MAE FISHER and son BILLY of Dallas visited her mother Mrs. C. D. FITE and brother LOUIS.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. PARKER of Fort Worth visited her grandmother and brother THOMAS GILMORE.
Announcing the birth of KATHY JO born to Mr. and Mrs. JOE B. WOOLSEY of Nocona at Wichita Falls, Wednesday, May 25.
Mrs. ERVIN WOOLSEY visited Mrs. FREEMAN and they, together, visited their new granddaughter KATHY JO WOOLSEY.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Wednesday, May 25, with Rev. NELSON J. ENGELBRECHT officiating for JAMES R. MAYES, age 62, who died May 24 of a heart attack. Survivors include one brother, HENRY MAYES of near Conroe, Texas; two half-brothers, JOE of Ardmore, Okla., and E.E. of Ringgold; some nieces and nephews. Mr. Mayes, known as Jim, came to Ringgold in 1916 and resided here except for 23 months while serving in World War I. He and another Ringgold resident, FRANK JOHNSON, entered the service together and returned here. They were close friends. Jim had been in ill health for some months and most of this time, he made his home with his nephew, JACK MAYES. The American Legion Post of Nocona was in charge of graveside services.
Nephew of Sunset Man Crashes in Pacific
JOHN ROGERS of Sunset has been waiting for more information about his nephew, Lt. HAL AVANTS, USN. Age 27, who had crashed into the Pacific off San Diego, California, Wednesday of last week. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. HARVE AVANTS of Fort Worth, formerly attended school at Bowie. He was born at Graham and is survived by his wife and two daughters. He served during the war and received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1945.
Mr. and Mrs. N. G. DAVIS Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary
The children of Mr. and Mrs. N. G. DAVIS are honoring their parents with an open house on their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, June 5.
Friday, June 10, 1949
Miss Ida Moore
Miss IDA ELEANOR MOORE, prominent resident of Bowie for a long time, was buried Wednesday in Elmwood cemetery in Bowie. She died Tuesday in the Bowie hospital after a long illness. Miss Moore was an honor student of Bowie schools. Besides teaching in Bowie, she taught in the Dallas public schools for 29 years and retired six years ago. A native of Daly, Texas, Miss Moore came to Bowie as a child with her parents the late Mr. and Mrs. GOODRIDGE MOORE, early settlers and prominent family here. Funeral services were held Thursday at the First Baptist Church conducted by Rev. G. G. BRADSHAW of Bowie and Rev. BARNETT of Dallas. Survivors include two sisters, Miss LURA MOORE of Bowie and Mrs. BERTA MATTHEWS of Dallas; one brother GUS B. MOORE of Dallas, five nieces and nephews. Pallbearers: DONALD MCDONALD, SCOTT AVERY, GLENN NICHOLS, ROY COFFIELD, N. T. GAINES and JAMES CHAPMAN.
PFC H. BOSWELL
Pvt. HARRY BOSWELL of Bowie, who was killed in action Aug. 19, 1944 while serving in the U. S. Army in France, will be buried Friday in Brushy cemetery near Bowie. Private Boswell entered the army in February 1942 and served in the infantry in the European Theater of Operations until his death. He was born at Spanish Fort, May 25, 1914. Survivors include two brothers, LYNDELL BOSWELL of Bowie and MAY BOSWELL of Iowa Park. The Bowie post of the American Legion will have charge of the military services.
Park Springs by Mrs. JOHN HIBDON
The passing of THEODORE ALLEN BONHAM Monday, May 30, is most regrettable. His going was the result of a heart attack. Mr. Bonham was born Feb. 15, 1895 in Collin County, coming to Wise County with his parents when yet a child spending the remainder of his life in this part of Texas. He married Miss MARY HUCKABEE Dec. 24, 1919, and to their union were born three children, Mrs. S. E. GOSWICK of Garland, S/Sgt. ALVIN T. BONHAM with the U. S. Air Force in the Pacific, and little 7 year old JANICE. He is survived by his wife, three children, three grandchildren, his father, B. R. BONHAM of Chico; three brothers, CHARLES BONHAM of Frisco, OSCAR BONHAM of Snyder, Okla., and (third brother not listed); two sisters, Mrs. TEAGUE of Kansas City, Missouri, and Mrs. S. E. BUCKNER of Lubbock. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church, of which he was a member, Thursday, with Rev. ALLEN, a Presbyterian minister of Bridgeport, officiating. Music was directed by W. M. CULBERHOUSE and M. B. ALLEN with Mrs. MAY YOUNGER at the piano.
Mr. and Mrs. T. O. MCKAY and Miss EVA ALEXANDER of Sunray visiting the father of Mrs. McKay and Miss Alexander, WILLIS ALEXANDER and their brother, ROY ALEXANDER and Mrs. RUBY ALEXANDER.
Mr. and Mrs. C. S. RAGAN and son MORGAN of Olney were guests of her mother Mrs. B. F. MCCKAY and other relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. LES ASHWORTH of Bairoil, Wyoming arrived to attend the funeral of T. W. Bonham. Mrs. Ashworth is a sister of Mrs. Bonham.
Mrs. L. L. HINSON of Graham, the former Miss BETTY JEAN MASK, is very ill. Her mother, Mrs. J. H. JONES, went to see her.
Mr. and Mrs. S.E. GOSWICK of Garland were to attend the funeral of her father T. A. Bonham.
Mr. and Mrs. M. B. ALLEN visited his sister at Wichita Falls.
J. H. JONES is in the Dallas hospital for treatments.
Mrs. J. R. WARREN of Graham came to see her sister, Mrs. J. H. JONES, who accompanied Mrs. Warren back to Graham to see Mrs. Jones’ daughter Mrs. L. L. Hinson.
Golden Wedding Anniversary
The children of Mr. and Mrs. N. G. DAVIS honored their parents with an open house June 5 on their golden wedding anniversary. Mr. Davis and Miss WILLIE MAE ROBINSON were married at Roston in 1899 and in 1902, they moved to Bowie. All but one of their children were born in Bowie. Before retiring in 1932, Mr. Davis owned and operated a cotton gin in Bowie. Their children: Mr. and Mrs. W. G. DAVIS and son CHARLES of Pharr; Mrs. W. WATKINS and son BILLY GRAY of Santa Fe, N. M., Misses GRACE DAVIS of Dallas, and LURA DEAN DAVIS of Bowie.
Filed for divorce: JOYCE GREGORY vs. JAMES V. GREGORY; married October 30, 1945; one child, DANNY CHARLES GREGORY, age 15 months.
Mrs. Stella Case
Mrs. STELLA CASE, age 40, life long resident of Bowie, was buried Monday in the Oak Hill cemetery near Stoneburg. She was a daughter of the late W. W. CHANDLER and Mrs. ELIZABETH GILBREATH, and attended the Bowie schools. Funeral services were held at the Assembly of God Church in Bowie. Mrs. Case is survived by her husband, WEBB S. CASE, of Bowie; one son CLYDE CASE of Dallas, one daughter Miss BILLIE MAE CASE of Bowie; her mother Mrs. ELIZABETH GILBREATH of Bowie, and one brother, CLAUDE CHANDLER of Wichita Falls. Pallbearers: RAYMOND ELLIOT, MARVIN BRASHEAR, WELDON BRASHEAR, FRED KRANOW, WILL KRANOW, and MARVIN CLEVELAND.
Friday, June 17, 1949
Funeral services for Sgt. ROY EDGAR PATTERSON, age 21, will be held Sunday at the First Methodist Church of Bowie with burial at Elmwood cemetery with full military honors by the Bowie American Legion post. St. Patterson was a honor graduate of Archer City high school. He enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps in January 1943. …He was killed in a mission over Pomerian Bay, Germany, June 30, 1944. He received the Purple Heart and Citation of Honor. Rev. F. M. TALBOT of Dallas and Rev. J. C. MANN of Bowie will officiate. Survivors are his parents Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Patterson Sr., and one brother BOB, all of Bowie.
Mrs. Cora Heath
Mrs. CORA BEE HEATH, age 83, widow of a Bowie stockman and farmer, died in a Fort Worth hospital Saturday. She was buried in Greenwood cemetery in Fort Worth. She is the mother of NORMAN E. HEATH of Bowie. Mrs. Heath was a native of Logan, West Virginia, and came to Texas at age of 12 with her parents, settling in Montague County. She went to Fort Worth seven years ago from near Bowie, where she spent most of her life. Her husband died in 1925. She was a member of the Baptist church. Survivors are two sons, NORMAN of Bowie, and ORVILLE HEATH of Fort Worth; five daughters, Mrs. W. H. HAHN of Imperial, Cal., Mrs. NORA BE REDDY of Wichita Falls, Mrs. FRED DAVIS of Carrizo Springs, Mrs. W. W. CROW of Waurika, Okla., and Mrs. DARWIN GRAYSON of Waurika, Okla.; a sister Mrs. NORA COPE of Corpus Christi, a brother, J. B. VAN VACTER of Elk City, Okla., 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
DALLAS ‘DASH’ RAINES, age 68, son of prominent pioneers, was buried Monday in Elmwood cemetery. He died Monday in Wichita Falls. Mr. Raines lived in and around Bowie most of his life. His parents were pioneers of this area. His father, the late J. W. RAINES, was once a sheriff of Montague County. Funeral services were held in the Burgess funeral home chapel with Rev. J. C. MANN of the Bowie First Methodist Church officiating. Mr. Raines is survived by a son MAURICE RAINES of Fort Worth; three daughters, Mrs. JOHN D. ANDERSON of Fort Worth, Mrs. E. H. PACE of Longview, and Mrs. J.W. MAYES of Amarillo, one brother ED RAINES of Fort Worth and ten grandchildren. Pallbearers: IKE PARKS, IKE CHANDLER, CLAUDE MARTIN Sr., JOE GARLINGTON, ELMER WOOD and BURT LANCASTER.
Frank W. Ashton
Funeral services for FRANK W. ASHTON were conducted Tuesday at the Owens-Brumley funeral chapel in Bowie. Interment was in the Tage cemetery. Mr. Ashton lacked four days of being 55 years old. He died Friday night in a Wichita Falls hospital after a prolonged illness. He lived in Montague County most of his life, and became a member of the Montague Baptist church at an early age. Rev. JOHNNIE COX of the Montague First Baptist Church officiated. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. ALMA PETTIGREW of St. John, Michigan, and Mrs. SYVLIA TICE of Hennepin, Oklahoma; two sons, JAMES T. ASHTON of Compton, California, and NELSON ASHTON in the U. S. Army in Japan; one brother CLAY ASHTON of Archer City; two sisters FANNIE ARMSTRONG of Munday and MINNIE PERONA of Oakland, California, and five grandchildren. Pallbearers: PAUL GARRETT, JOE NIX, CHARLES TICE and JOHN TUGGLE.
Ringgold News by Mrs. HUGHES SMITH
WILLIAM GILES HAWKINS Buried at Ringgold
WILLIAM GILES HAWKINS, age 81, prominent leader of the Ringgold community, was buried in the Ringgold cemetery. He died June 5 in Nocona. Funeral services were held at the Ringgold Baptist church. He moved to Ringgold in 1906 and was a leader in the community. He served as a member of the school board and a deacon in the Ringgold Baptist church about 40 years. Mr. Hawkins married MARY PEARL EDWARDS in Saline County, Missouri on Nov. 7, 1889. The couple had five children with two deceased. Educated at Wentworth and William Jewel College at Liberty, Missouri, he was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Mary Pearl Hawkins, one daughter Mrs. J. E. RUSHING of Ringgold; two sons, WILLIAM G. Jr. of Ringgold and JOE HAWKINS of Fort Worth; a brother, E. W. HAWKINS of Marshall, Missouri; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Rev. NELSON J. ENGELBRECHT of the First Baptist Church officiated. Pallbearers: DANA J. LEEPER, FRANK LEEPER, C. O. YOUNG, H. C. YOUNG and HERMAN HAWKINS.
S. D. Williamson
SAMUEL D. WILLIAMSON was buried in Bellevue, June 10. He died in Norman, Oklahoma, June 8. Rev. WILTON officiated at the services at Bellevue arranged by Burgess funeral home. Pallbearers: ROY DAVENPORT, EBB SWEZEA, GEORGE WRIGHT, FLETCH LANGFORD, E. B. THOMPSON and REX DAVIS.
Mrs. A. J. Stegall
Mrs. ELIZABETH ‘BETTY’ STEGALL, age 77, resident of the Denver community near Sunset, was buried in the Smyrna cemetery near Sunset Sunday. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Bowie with Rev. A. C. HARPER officiating, assisted by Rev. W. G. BURTON. Mrs. Stegall was born in Batesville, Arkansas and moved to the Denver community after her marriage in 1898. She was a member of the Baptist church. Survivors include her husband, A. J. STEGALL, daughter Mrs. BURL SMITH of Cumby, Texas, one son LEVI STEGALL of Detroit, Michigan; one sister Mrs. DORA KING of Portland, Oregon, and three grandchildren. Pallbearers: JEWEL DYER, ELDON WATTS, ROSS DYER, BEN DYER, ALFRED LAWRENCE, and HOMER WARD.
Mrs. W. N. Trout
Funeral services were conducted at the Belle Plains Baptist Church in Brownwood Friday for Mrs. W. N. TROUT, age 79, long time resident of that city. Rev. B. W. WIGGER, pastor, conducted the services. Surviving are her husband, W. N. Trout of Brownwood; three sons, H. I. TROUT of Bowie, M. A. TROUT of Fort Worth; and O.E . TROUT of Los Angeles, California; two daughters Mrs. J. R. MUSICK of Brownwood and Mrs. JOHN WATSON of Irving; all of who were present at time of death except the son in California who arrived a few hours later. There are nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Trout was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Feb. 12, 1870, and was a member of the Baptist Church.